Celebration of park investment
A CELEBRATION event was held at a St George nature reserve after residents successfully secured more than £30,000 to improve it.
Friends of Troopers Hill applied for the money from the Big Lottery via its Community Spaces Programme.
They spent £30,504.89 on improving Troopers Hill, including access to the 20-acre site, which is owned by Bristol City Council.
Its steps and paths had become eroded over the 20 years since the Bristol Development Corporation installed them, making it difficult for the young and elderly to enjoy the site. The Friends of Troopers Hill roup was able to improve the steps and increase awareness of the paths in the adjacent woodland without spoiling the wild feel of the site.
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The group was pleased with the look of the hand-carved, recycled pitch pine posts used as waymarkers for the woodland trail.
Susan Acton-Campbell, chairwoman of the group, said: "Michael Henderson's carvings are a wonderful interpretation of local people's ideas, featuring wildlife, plants, local and industrial history.
"Group member Ruth Coleman managed this part of the project and did a fantastic job encouraging people to give their ideas at outdoor family walkshops."
The celebration began with an opening by Sally Oldfield, former local nature reserves officer for Bristol City Council. Martin Maudsley, Bristol's well-known master storyteller, then led a walking story into the woods and across the hill.